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MikeC

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  1. Following this one Max, especially as I have one in the stash myself.
  2. Hi and welcome, Whereabouts are you in Cambridgeshire, if I may ask?
  3. Just received my Hannants mailshot, which included this: "Message; If you see any websites that offer vouchers to use at Hannants please be aware they are nothing to do with us. Vouchers do not exist and never have. They are fake/fraud/scams. Apparently it is a ruse to obtain your name and email address." I think it speaks for itself. Stay safe out there.
  4. Personally I'd stick with the Tamiya, as all my large scale models are 1/32.
  5. These were reboxed by Revell as well. They are indeed good kits, I've built two of them (Learjet and Citation).
  6. Indeed, although there is a Solent (or is it a Sandringham?) in the Southampton aviation museum, so fairly near. But I risk drifting o/t. Great model - I tried one a few years ago and gave up on it, the fit was that bad. So even more of a well done to you.
  7. Hands up all those former Air Cadets who used to fly with 5AEF at Cambridge and are now considering the possibility of a Beagle Husky. That would be a somewhat complex job when starting with an AOP IV or 6!! I have to confess that I have my doubts as to whether this will ever materialise, but if it does I'd buy more than one in a heartbeat. (And by saying that I have my doubts, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, least of all the OP, but we all know that some rumours come to fruition, others don't.)
  8. There's a Post-War RN Anson with smooth cowlings, along with some from other Air Forces, on one of the forthcoming Xtradecal sheets https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48234?result-token=kJwpR You will need to source a radome, but at least you don't need to modify the cabin roof like you do for the Mk XII (iirc) onwards. I would suggest doing some additional research, though, as I do suspect Xtradecals' research in places. On one of the forthcoming sheets there's a reference to an Anson of Central Flying School, "RAF Uphaven". Wonder if that's anywhere near RAF Upavon?
  9. There's no such thing as a daft question; and a true expert will never be offended at a question, however "basic", it gives us a chance to convert someone else to the cult of the Spitfire, and if I'm honest to demonstrate our knowledge. I've not tried to cross-kit the XIVe and 19, but as @Troy Smith says, the XIX has a pressurised cockpit with all the differences that entails. There were some high-back XIVe aircraft, so the wings aren't necessarily a problem.
  10. When it gets finished, it's one of those "stop-go" models that gets worked on in the margins of other stuff.
  11. Funnily enough, I'm doing the Shuttleworth Spitfire in 1/32 at the moment. I don't really need to ask any questions on here in this case, given that I'm fortunate enough to live 20 minutes from the real thing and I can - and have had - a good look at the real thing several times. Some fairly obvious differences in 1/32 are a more modern harness, rather than the Sutton of the original, no seat armour, the cartridge ejector ports plated over, and plain disc wheel covers. The I/P appears pretty standard Spitfire, but I've not got close enough to inspect that in detail. And then there's the question of doing it in the latest config with standard wingtips, or the one it had before its latest overhaul with clipped wings (which I'm doing). But thanks for the response and clarification Greg, appreciate it. I'll know next time. PS: If by "You had it, if it was ..." you mean that your previous post was your answer, my apologies, I didn't realise. Again not being difficult, but I tend to need some things spelling out.
  12. Thanks folks. Quite a lot of input, for which thank you, but a definitive answer from a moderator so that any future post I may make won't infringe the rules would be appreciated, thanks.
  13. Ok, first RFI is not in question as both civilian and military go in there. Tiger Moth agreed. I don't agree that what a warbird has is irrelevant - that's the whole point, ie "How does this warbird which I want to model differ from the military version?" Again instrument differences are included in what I just said - "how does it differ?" Finally, I agree that many modern military aircraft carry transponders which have civilian modes and that does not make them a civilian aircraft, but I'm talking here about how some aircraft differ from the standard military version(s).
  14. Yes, but it's not just "administrative necessities", it's actual mods to the aircraft, like what's there instead of guns, or where does a GPS nav device (if it has one) fit? As to original design use, I can see the logic, but would that mean we discuss RAF Domine nav trainers here, on the basis that the HS125 was first and foremost a civil design? I expect it looks as though I'm being difficult, but that's not the intention. Perhaps I'd better withdraw the question, then if in the future I post something in the wrong forum I'll just have to take the rap.
  15. Exactly: nothing's cut and dried, hence the question. Spencer Flack's G-FIRE was once a military aircraft, but as you say there's no mistaking it for military now. As in life, things can't always be forced into neat pigeon-holes, hence the need for a clarification. Just another thought: these aircraft often have non-military mods, such as a more modern seat harness, various radios etc, and other things perhaps necessary to comply with modern legislation, so they're certainly not pure military.
  16. Clearly not originally, but it is now, hence the question.
  17. I don't have a burning issue about warbirds to discuss, but one day I might. So for my benefit and hopefully others, I'd like to clarify the rules about what's in scope for this forum. "Warbirds" are, of course, aircraft on the civilian register, but flying in military markings, a prime example being the Shuttleworth Collection's Spitfire Vc. This flies as AR501 in RAF (Czech unit) colours, but is legally a civilian aircraft on the register as G-AWII. There are, of course, many others, several even co-located at Old Warden. So could a mod please clarify whether any discussion on such aircraft should go in this forum, an appropriate military-focussed one, or even somewhere else entirely? Thanks.
  18. The most common suit for Meteor or Sabre pilots (I assume this is the era you're asking about) was a button-up belted overall, which was iirc (I had one briefly as an Air Cadet) a grey colour similar to ocean grey. Later suits were a lighter grey, until they went green in the early 1970s. There were a variety of designs, and colours could vary depending on how often they'd been washed or dry cleaned. As ever, the old modelling mantra of "check your references" applies. As for headgear, depending on exactly when, headgear could be either a leather helmet and goggles WWII-style, or a cloth inner helmet with earphones and oxygen mask c/w microphone, and an outer "bone dome". These were a silver colour as standard, but units were known to repaint them.
  19. Here are a couple I've found useful. The first includes a complete production listing, including conversions (eg which T7s were conversions and which were new-builds): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0859791238/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And there's plenty of inspiration and useful background in here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1909808032/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  20. Agreed, you beat me to it Steve. There were other non-visible mods iirc, but a good Hunter reference should detail these.
  21. I went a few years ago, perhaps even the first time it was held, and that's how I recall it.
  22. Haven't seen a thread about this one, but it's nearly upon us. I'm hoping to get along if circumstances permit. Has anyone seen any info on which clubs/traders will be there? (Won't affect my decision to go, but might affect the content of the shopping list ). https://ipmsuk.org/calendar/the-essex-modellers-show-ems-2022/
  23. Indeed so. Not just any old stars, it was the Plough iirc.
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